Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column

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Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from July 06, 2012
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Las Vegas - July 6, 2012

Margaret "Gret" Menzies

Brandon Albright

There are some amazing events coming up between July 9-15....we're calling that week Stephen Sondheim Week in Las Vegas! On Monday and Tuesday, July 9th and 10th, RagTag Entertainment, along with veteran musician, Bill Fayne, is presenting Sondheim's great musical, Company, at the LVH (formally the Hilton). This production is a fully-staged show with a 22 member orchestra (conducted by Fayne) and a stellar cast of 14 singing/dancing actors

The cast is made up of some of the best entertainers in Las Vegas - Ayler Evan as "Bobby," with Kellie Wright, Richel Kompst, Lou DeMeis, Natalie Carson, Robin Vincent, George DeMott, Jay Joseph, Ben Loewy, Gret Menzies, Kirsten Maki, Brenna Folger, Doug Baker, and Jennifer Breed. The show is directed by Andrew Wright, and Musical Directed by, Fayne. Tickets are $25, and available at the LVH and online.

Then, on Sunday, July 15th at the Cabaret Jazz room at The Smith Center, RagTag, and Bill Fayne, present Sondheim's revue, Putting It Together...a compilation of some Sondheim's greatest songs. Putting It Together features Richel Kompst, Lou DeMeis, Brandon Albright, Anne Barr, and Jay Joseph. The 8-piece orchestra is led by Bill Fayne and the show is directed by Andrew Wright. Tickets are $ 20-35 and available at Smith Center and online.

In between these performances, Stephen Sondheim will appear at The Smith Center in person, at 8:00pm on Saturday, July 14th. He is bringing with him, Broadway stars, Brian Stokes-Mitchell and Christine Ebersole, to present an evening of talk and song. Yes indeed, this is STEPHEN SONDHEIM WEEK IN LAS VEGAS!

And speaking of Sondheim
Check out artist extraordinaire Martin Kreloff's portrait and story about Stephen Sondheim in the July issue of David magazine (pick up an issue at your favorite news stand). Tim Olson wrote this for Marty's Facebook Fan Page...
"Stephen Sondheim," acrylic on illustration board, 28" by 30", 2012. This joyful portrait is Marty's valentine to Stephen Sondheim, who he considers to be a seminal influence on both his art and his life. "Sondheim's extraordinary music and lyrics has taught me intricate lessons about hope and despair, determination and deception. My life is informed by what I have learned from Sondheim about the... human condition and the subtle yet profound complexities of life." Marty regularly listens to recordings of Sondheim musicals while he paints and the emotional journeys that he is swept up into are invariably reflected in Marty's canvases.

The color palette of blues and pinks that Marty has chosen for the portrait are variations of the colors used on the covers of Sondheim's definite books on his lyrics, "Look, I Made a Hat," and "Finishing the Hat." See More— with Martin Kreloff. By Tim Olson

Martin Kreloff's Tribute to Sondheim

Pietra Sardelli

Martin Kreloff/Stephen Sondheim photos, courtesy of Steven Wilson, art director and photographer for DAVID magazine.

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We had a bad last Friday (and it wasn't even on the 13th), which is one of the reasons the column didn't actually show up until Saturday. We had toyed with the thought of skipping a week, but we couldn't do that. As the result of working at less than full, or even half full capacity, there were a number of important things that were left out of the column, especially regarding Golden Rainbow's Ribbon of Life extravaganza. How did we not notice that Pietra Sardelli's name was not included in the reference to the show (although she was mentioned elsewhere in the column)? This young lady, who just happens to be the daughter of that oft acknowledged man-about-town, Nelson Sardelli, is, not only the Vice President of Golden Rainbow, she also produced both this year and last years Ribbon of Life shows. Although Ribbon of Life 2011 was a resounding success, the 2012 production exceeded expectations. Approximately 380 performers filled the stage, presenting a number of vignettes. The 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall held about 1,630 ticket buyers - the largest audience to ever attend a Ribbon of Life show, and, as a result, Golden Rainbow raised more money than ever excess of $200,000. Pietra Sardelli confirmed that next year's Ribbon of Life 2013 will, once again, be held at The Smith Center. Congratulations on your fine work, Pietra.

Last Friday/Saturday's photo of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular cast members, performing their version of "Rhythm of Life" at Golden Rainbow's production, should have been credited to photographer David Tingey. Sorry, David.

Phantom Cast Performs at Ribbon of Life

Rebecca Spencer

And, while still on the subject of Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, Cousin Claire received an e-mail from cast member, John Paul Almon, regarding the very popular self-deprecating Rhythm of Life ode, performed by 14 Phantom cast and crew members, to the soon to close Phantom...

I just wanted to thank you for your piece on the " Ribbon of Life" at the Smith Center. Several members of the "Phantom" company were honored to take part in the event so soon before we sadly bid adieu to the Las Vegas Strip. I directed and conceived the piece ,and, along with Marc Cedric Smith, rewrote the lyrics to "Rhythm of Life" from "Sweet Charity." Courtney Combs and I staged the number and the performers worked with incredible focus and joy to bring their artistry and humor to the new Smith Center! The wonderfully talented Isaias Hiram Urrabazo helped to bring the vision to life with his wonderful costuming. We so wanted to honor the other shows on the strip and speak of the realization of this crazy life in the arts ! When a show closes it's onto the next chapter and days filled with auditions! auditions! auditions! This is the norm for performers . It is a crazy, wonderful, Nomadic life. Thus the term Gypsies ! All of us involved in "Phantom the Las Vegas Spectacular!" know that a six and a half year run is a rare and amazing gift. This show is the longest running Broadway transfer to hit the strip and it is such an elegant production. Hal Prince's direction, Gillian Lynne's choreography, and the integrity of our in house staff, John David, Courtney Combs, and Jack Gaughan, have helped keep this production vibrant and truly stunning. Las Vegas has been so good to our company and we know the wonderful work Golden Rainbow does to provide help within this community. It was an honor to bring some laughter and lend our voices to this magical event .

Here is a sample of the lyrics from our tribute:

Phantom opened up at the Venetian belting out our vocals loud and clean

Suddenly a voice said, "Your shows closing! Get your act together, start auditioning!"

And the voice said, " Phantom, there's a million reasons that your theater will be dark next season!"

"Hit the road Phantom with your Equity price!"

Join the celebration called the" Ribbon of Life ! "

First we went to "Love" and then to "Peepshow"

"Elvis," "Mystere," "Ka" and then " Celine"

"Menopause," "La Reve" and "Vegas the Show"

And that old Grand Dame that's "Jubilee"

Though we caused a new sensation, got ourselves a congregation , built up quite a reputation with our show

Very soon we all must part and we must make a brand new start , we say this with an open heart


Drive to LA and audition! Drive to LA and audition! Drive to LA and audition whoa whoa whoa audition!

Fly to New York and audition Fly to New York and audition Fly to New York and audition! Whoa whoa whoa audition!

Hit the streets and go audition ! Hit the streets and go audition! Hit the streets and go audition! Whoa whoa BLIND AMBITION!

Thank you JP, Isaias, and Paul Hansell.

And speaking of Phantom, we just received this news...
Actress/singer, Rebecca Spencer, who premiered the role of Madame Giry to critical acclaim in Phantom -The Las Vegas Spectacular, has announced that she will don the black dress again when she joins the international tour of The Phantom of the Opera in August in Manila. Ms. Spencer's portrayal of Madame Giry, a role she played for more than two years at The Venetian in Las Vegas, prompted the Las Vegas Review-Journal theater critic to proclaim, "There's lots of talent on display at Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, but the person I can never stop watching is Rebecca Spencer." Producer, Tim McFarlane, managing director of The Really Useful Company Asia Pacific, said, in announcing the Manila and Seoul engagements, "This touring production of The Phantom of the Opera is as fine as any version you might see on the West End or Broadway — it is the same superb design, and we invest a great deal to ensure it is of the highest standards. Our stellar cast assembles the industry's best performers, with members coming from the UK, USA, Australia and South Africa to join forces." Ms. Spencer is an accomplished actress whose diverse work has been seen on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally and internationally in principal roles ranging from Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide, to Dolly Levi in Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly! She is an original Broadway Cast member of Jekyll and Hyde, and created the role of Emma Carew in the World Premiere staging at the Alley Theatre, opposite Linda Eder and Chuck Wagner. She starred as Carlotta in Hal Prince's Hamburg, Germany, company of The Phantom of the Opera, and can be heard on several original Broadway cast albums. Rebecca's solo concert career has exploded over the past five years. Her Las Vegas debut was Las Vegas Magazine's No. 1 Pick of the Month, and earned a Las Vegas City Life 'DIVA' preview pick of the week. She was featured on the cover of the Las Vegas Review Journal's Neon Magazine and in their popular IMAGE fashion section. She has appeared in concert with her pianist and Musical Director, Philip Fortenberry, across the country, from the Panache Jazz Series at the Blue Heron Art Center on Vashon Island, Washington, to Manhattan's venerable jazz club, Birdland, in the Broadway at Birdland series. Her two solo recordings are Wide Awake and Dreaming, which earned the Back Stage Bistro Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Recording, and Fair Warning, a collection of arrangements honoring the ladies of the Red Hat Society. Both recordings are distributed by Allegro Music on the LML Music label. The Manila engagement is a strictly limited run from August 25th to October 14th at the CCP Main Theater. If you happen to be in, or heading to Manila, tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit Ms. Spencer's newly redesigned website, at

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One of the most beloved presidents of the F.I.O.R.E.... no, lets make that THE most beloved president of all the presidents of the non-club club F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events), Felix Silla, will be the guest speaker on Thursday, July 12th. His accomplishments are too many to be listed here. Suffice to say, he is an actor of stage and screen (video and major movies), "Cousin Itt," of The Addams Family TV series, a stuntman, a humanitarian and a great American. Doors at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, will open at 11:30 a.m. A tasty buffet lunch, interesting guest speaker, live music provided by Gary Anderson and The Malcontents (they are quite disrespectful too), dancing, door prizes and friendship... all for the price of only $25 per person. This will be a program and luncheon not to be missed. Please reply only to Gene Vitale at [email protected], at your earliest opportunity. Notice the term RSVP is not being used, as it apparently confuses some of you. Because F.I.O.R.E. has a few bucks in the till, and because it is a classy organization, and because they celebrate their 8th anniversary in July, they will have plenty of live music for listening and/or dancing. Did we mention that the Ladies are welcome at this meeting?


Felix Silla

Clint Holmes

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It's Clint Holmes weekend at the Smith Center. Clint performs three shows - Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2 - in the Cabaret Jazz room, the first weekend of each month. For his July show, Clint pays tribute to Cole Porter and Paul Simon. The acclaimed Clint Holmes has been named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times, and was honored with the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation. A master entertainer, Clint never performs the same show twice. Instead, he features a constantly evolving kaleidoscope of music every single night, ranging from contemporary to jazz to Broadway. Showcasing the greatest songwriters from around the world, he creates a spellbinding evening of music that's both Live and Alive. Tickets are $35 and $45. Call (702)

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We have heard good reports on American Idol's fifth season winner, Taylor Hicks, who is currently headlining at Bally's Las Vegas. Upon winning Idol, he was signed to Arista Records, under which his self-titled major label debut was released in December of 2006. His energetic stage performances and influences derived from classic rock, blues, and R&B music, earned him a following of devout fans, who have been dubbed the "Soul Patrol." Hicks performed on Broadway in 2008 and on national tour in 2009 in Grease, playing Teen Angel. Hicks will perform in The Indigo at Bally's Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays evenings at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $29.99 (regular) and $59.99 (VIP). The $59.99 VIP ticket includes a meet and greet with Taylor. Additional service fees apply. Regular tickets may be upgraded to VIP tickets in person at the Bally's Box Office. Please bring your printed tickets with you to request an upgrade, or if you are picking up tickets at will call, please make an inquiry about a VIP upgrade. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting the Bally's Box Office (3645 Las Vegas Blvd South), or calling (888) 746-7784 or (702) 777-7776.

Taylor Hicks & Michael Orland

Domenick Allen

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Due to his father's serious illness, Domenick Allen has had to cancel his VINYL show with Denny Laine at LVH Hotel (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton), originally scheduled for tonight. Allen and his family are in Florida at the bedside of his father who is hospitalized in critical condition. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

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Kenny Kerr is getting naughty at The Onyx, Tuesday, July 31st, with shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. They are calling the show, Kenny Kerr Uncensored, so look out! We will have more about this in upcoming weeks.

Joan Sobel

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The Performing Arts Society of Nevada, which, except for a musical tribute in December, to the late John Meren who passed away in October, has been dormant, will rise from the ashes, like the proverbial Phoenix, in a musical concert on Sunday, July 8th. The program will take place at 2 p.m., not at the Clark County Flamingo Library where the performances had been held for a number of years, but at the Winchester Cultural Center Theater, located at 3130 McLeod (just north of Desert Inn, and east of Eastern). PASNV will present Summertime and the Livin' Is Easy - A Salute to Love, Laughter & the Great Songs of Summer at the Winchester. The musical program will feature the jazzy song stylings of Miss Lee Hughes, with guest performances by opera diva, Joan Sobel (Carlotta in The Venetian's Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular); singer/entertainer, Lenny Talarico; and jazz vocalist/musician, Paul Stubblefield. Greg Bosler, Laurence Sobel, and Bing Young will play piano solos and provide accompaniment for the vocalists. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door. For reservations, call (702) 658-6741, or e-mail to [email protected]. The Performing Arts Society of Nevada, launched more than 20 years ago by Mr. Meren and Tom Gallagher, is a 501(c)(3), not for profit corporation.

And there is Stephen Sondheim's Company, 7 p.m., this Monday and Tuesday, July 9th and 10th, at the LVH Hotel (formerly the Hilton). Produced by Andrew Wright's RagTag Entertainment, Company offers a 22-piece orchestra, conducted by Bill Fayne, and a great cast, who will sing Sondheim favorites such as "Being Alive," "Ladies Who Lunch," "The Little Things You Do Together," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," and more. This is a special show benefiting Golden Rainbow. Tickets are only $25. It's a "don't miss' show. Call (702) 732-5755. See you there!

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It's still early going to predict who will win America's Got Talent. Two local variety acts survived the earliest round of cuts to make the field of 48 contestants. One of the acts, The Scott Brothers, has done their cartoon-style, synchronized "optical illusions" for years in shows such as the Crazy Horse in Paris and at the MGM Grand, as well as in Splash at the Riviera, and Enter the Night at the Stardust. Unlike some acts where the performers call themselves brothers, and really aren't - the Righteous Brothers, Blues Brothers, Step Brothers, Doobie Brothers, etc. - Robert and Michael Scott, really are brothers, and talented brothers, at that.

The Scott Brothers

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Mistinguette Productions presents 3 Blonde Moms, featuring Joanie Fagan, Donna Cherry, and Kat Simmons, 7 p.m. on Friday, July 13th at Sun City Anthem Freedom Hall, and 7 p.m., Saturday, July 14th at Sun City Summerlin’s Starbright Theatre. These are the really Desperate Housewives you’re looking for! Critically acclaimed nationally touring HYSTERICAL standing O show ensemble since 2009 includes our "feisty" tell-it-like-it-is Mom, Kat Simmons! Kat is eWomen's "International Talent Contest" winner, performs all over the country at comedy clubs, including Harrah's Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, The Improv Comedy Clubs, as seen on Comedy Central, Fox Comedy Network, and hosts her own syndicated Radio Show! Then "hotty" Mom, Donna Cherry, is our celebrity in the cul de sac. Donna is a former Miss California and opening act for Barry Manilow, as seen on ABC's Desperate Housewives, Disney's Suite Life of Zack & Cody, voice of "Jay Jay the Jet Plane" on PBS, starred as Kate in the recent L.A. production of Kiss Me Kate, and much, much more! Plus, there's show creator and producer the "perky, one craft away from snappin' Stepford Wife wanna-be, Joanie Fagan. Joan played Faith on ABC's The Drew Carey Show, can be seen in several movies, including Disney's Angels in the Outfield and Race to Space, dozens of national commercials; hosted the Game Show Network's The Real Live Game Show, and ABC's Why Didn't I Think of That? with Wil Shriner; appears on stage in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, was warm-up comic for sitcoms like Will & Grace, Frasier, Just Shoot Me, appeared on three A & E's Evening at the Improvs, Girls Night Out on Lifetime, Comedy Central, MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour, and more! This top-notch, high-energy, semi-scripted PG 13 standup comedy show is jam packed full of hysterical material about being a Mom, having a Mom, kids, schools, husbands, neighbors, in-laws and more. The audio visual aspects of live stage show, just reinforce that these are three very special, distinct, and unique personas with three diverse lives, who are unlikely friends in the Cul 'd Sac. If you have a family, want a family, or know a family, this is the show for you! 3 Blonde Moms resume includes performing at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal to four sold out audiences at Theatre Gesu. The show was voted "hit of the festival" and "most buzzworthy" in many entertainment industry trade publications including the Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety. 3 Blonde Moms launched its theater tour at the Festival, and has been selling out large venues all over the country ever since. Shortly after, Suave came on board and made 3 Blonde Moms part of their "put beauty back on your to-do-list" campaign; the 3 Blonde Moms have been seen on E! and CMT; heard on XM radio in "Live from Las Vegas' Improv at Harrah's, The 3 Blonde Moms!"; The Bob & Tom Show; are regulars on KEARTH in Los Angles with Charlie Tuna, and much much more. Recently, the shows’ Producer and Creator, Joanie Fagan, completed her fifth theatre run with 3 Blonde Moms, in an ongoing co-producing partnership she has with G Four Productions. G Four also produces 9 to 5 on Broadway, the Nationally touring franchise, Menopause the Musical, and several Tony Award winning plays. Tickets are $15 and $18. Call Sun City Anthem Freedom Hall at (702) 614-5864. For Sun City Summerlin‘s Starbright Theatre, call (240) 1301. Tickets at the Starbright are on sale seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. All ticket sales are check or cash (exact change required). No credit cards accepted.

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Ellie Smith

Jillian Bell

Fifteen-year-old Las Vegas singing phenomenon Ellie Smith was named "Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen" in a field of 16 contestants. She has been recognized with numerous awards for her philanthropic work in her hometown of Henderson. Ellie was named one of the "Ten Outstanding Women" in the community, with her platform on the in-school Anti-Bullying campaign created by Ellie, Don't Let It Get to You! Ellie has now presented her anti-bullying program to more than 50 schools and over 25,000 students. She also received the Youth in Philanthropy Award. She has taken her anti-bullying campaign to YouTube. Ellie, whose nickname is "The Star-Spangled Girl," has sung the National Anthem and God Bless America for Major League Baseball, NFL, and NBA teams throughout the U.S., and was selected by the NBA to sing both the Canadian and American National Anthems at the 2011 NBA Rookie All-Star Game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and will sing for the New York Mets on August 22nd. Since her earliest years, Ellie has been dazzling audiences with her singing, acting and stellar performances. A charismatic and powerful entertainer, 15-year-old Ellie has performed live before millions across the country, and on programs featuring such greats as Jordin Sparks, Tony Bennett, Kelly Clarkson, Donny & Marie Osmond, and many others. She is a talented singer and stage actress, and has starred in major regional theater productions, in Annie as Annie (in which friend and actor, Bart Williams, played President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the Tuacahn production), and as Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearian Festival. Classically trained in voice, in 2011, Ellie won her first regional opera competition. Ms. Smith is a multi-talented vocalist, whether singing pop, country/pop crossover, Broadway, inspirational or opera. She has recorded four original songs, including her first music video, Don't Let It Get to You. Ellie Smith's is a name to watch.

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Ron Bell, 69, of Las Vegas, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, after a brief battle with kidney cancer. After arriving in Las Vegas in 1966, Ron quickly made a name as one of the town's top advertising executives, as well as, an all-around good guy. He was loved by all that knew him and will continue in the hearts of his wife, of 37 years, Tanzy; daughters, Breanna and Jillian; and sister, Pat. A celebration of the life of Ron Bell will be in the South Point Showroom from 5pm-7pm on Monday, July 9th.
Note: Jillian Bell, Ron's daughter, is a writer, with credits for Saturday Night Live, and actress (Bridesmaids, Friends With Benefits, Curb Your Enthusiasm, etc.).

Actor Andy Griffith, best remembered for his TV roles on The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, died at his home in California on Tuesday. He was 86. Griffith had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000. His career spanned more than a half-century on stage, film and television, but he would always be best known as Sheriff Andy Taylor in the television show set in a North Carolina town not too different from Griffith's own hometown of Mount Airy, N.C. A Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer, Griffith was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, he gained prominence for his dramatic starring role in director Elia Kazan's film, A Face in the Crowd (1957), before he became better known for his television roles.

Actress/singer, Maggie Peterson, who has lived in Southern Nevada for many years, played the recurring role of "Charlene Darling" on The Andy Griffith Show. Maggie is married to longtime musician, Gus Mancuso. Maggie frequently serves as a location scout for movies filmed in the area, such as Casino.

Andy Griffith & Maggie Peterson Mancuso

Happy Birthday Jennifer Porter

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Family members, friends, and co-workers gathered at The Royal House Boutique Hotel on Convention Center Drive, on July 1st, to help Jennifer Porter celebrate her 30th birthday. Lots of music, lots of laughter, lots of fun. Jennifer is currently employed by The Smith Center. Her earlier work history includes with the Blue Man Group and Second City. Happy birthday, Jennifer!

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Marley Taylor, the blonde and sexy female half of Zowie Bowie, surprised everyone, including the other half of Zowie Bowie, the blonde, tanned and sexy, Chris Phillips, when she got married during a recent birthday trip to Arizona. In addition to working together, Marley and Chris were also off-stage partners, romantically involved for six years. After the twosome ended their offstage relationship, Marley got involved with trumpet player Dave Perrico, who performs weekly at South Point with new singer Naomi Mauro. Marley must like the name Chris, as her new husband is bass player, Chris de Herrera. Zowie Bowie return home to their Phoenix roots Tuesday for their second annual Fourth of July concert at Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale. "It was very successful last time and a wonderful event for families to attend to exemplify the American patriotic spirit," he said. Zowie Bowie continue to perform every Friday at Red Rock Resort, where they recently celebrated their sixth anniversary. They also still play every Saturday at the M Resort and just concluded a run of shows at Harrah's on Sunday nights.

Marley Taylor

Aretha Franklin

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Music legend, Aretha Franklin, brings her soulful voice to the stage of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, One Night Only, Sunday, July 15th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see The Queen of Soul range from $49.50 to $155. Call ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 for reservations.

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From Broadway to Hollywood comes to The Onyx on Friday, July 13th at 8 P.M. Celebrating Songs of the Stage and Screen, Onyx Theatre is proud to host once again the 5th annual benefit concert for The Center. Special thanks in advance to the Las Vegas Defense Group for their donation. Featuring the talents of: Larry Atello, Vita Corimbi, Sheila Wright, Stuart May, Rudalenska, Ms. Kitty, Ms. Frankie, Jonathan Isley (John Eisle), and...ONE FABULOUS SURPRISE GUEST STAR! Tickets are $15, and may be purchased by phone at (702) 732-7225 or at the onyx Theatre Box Office at 953-35B East Sahara (the in Commercial Center).

John Eisle

Uli Geissendoerfer

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Evan Davis Jazz presents vocalist Pascale and keyboard player, Uli. Steve Flora is featured on upright bass, and Mike Mechem is on drums, at the Blue Fire on Thursdays. The launch date is Thursday, July 12th from 7 to 10 p.m. Rumor has it that this might become a regular weekly event. Blue Fire is located in the southwest part of the city, at 4275 South Durango Dr., at Rochelle, jus south of Flamingo. Blue Fire is a supper club, offering Las Vegas style night life in an off Strip location. Live music, hot DJs, drinks, fine cuisine, and dancing all in one place at Blue Fire. Check out the place. For additional information, call (702) 462-5400.

Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne

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And speaking of jazz...if you happen to be in Southern California next weekend, may we recommend Mark Winkler and Grammy-winning Manhattan Transfer member, Cheryl Bentyne, performing at Vitello's Jazz & Supper Club, next Saturday, June 14th. Mark and Cheryl, who have teamed up musically before, are calling this show West Coast Cool. And cool it will be, with Winkler and Bentyne doing songs be Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Bobby Troup, Neil Hefti, and every songstress that Stan Kenton ever shook a baton at. Oh, and there will be some original Mark Winkler tunes in the mix. The show is all new and redesigned - low slung, two-tone with disallow, and the tire kit on the back. The talented twosome will be backed up by Rich Eames on piano, Tim Emmons on bass, and Dave Tull on drums. This all takes place at Vitello's, Saturday night with two shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are going fast, so reserve now. Call (818)769-0905) . Vitello's is located at 4349 Tujunga Avenue in Studio City. Grab your hat and meet us on the corner of hip and unforgettable, for an evening of song and mirth.

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